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Takata airbag crisis may spur maintenance changes in Japan

8:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Takata's airbag crisis could spur changes to how car owners maintain their vehicles, with Japan’s automakers discussing whether drivers should regularly replace the chemicals used to inflate the safety devices....
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Visteon to sell Halla Climate unit stake for $3.6 billion

12:38 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Visteon has agreed to sell a majority stake in Halla Visteon Climate Control to South Korea’s Hankook Tire and its investment partner for $3.6 billion, to focus on connected-vehicle solutions and cockpit electronics....
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Honda recalls 569,000 vehicles in China over Takata airbags

6:49 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Honda is calling back about 569,000 vehicles in China to investigate potential defects with airbags made by Takata, underscoring the global reach of the safety crisis after similar campaigns in the US, Canada and Japan....
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Why the Chinese auto shows will refocus on the car models

12:41 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
One hallmark of Chinese auto shows is their politically incorrect zeal for, ahem, “alluring” floor models. Now, show organizers are starting to have second thoughts about the old maxim “sex sells” and the damage done to their image...
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Smart says China will be its top market

Dec. 15, 2014 08:29 CET
China could overtake Germany and Italy to become the biggest market for Smart in a few years, Smart CEO Annette Winkler said. Smart will launch the latest ForTwo and its new ForFour in China next year....
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Takata tightens screws on suppliers as airbag crisis mounts, report says

8:05 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2014
Takata has begun enforcing tighter quality controls on a group of parts suppliers as the auto safety equipment maker boosts production to replace millions of air bags recalled for a potentially deadly defect, people familiar with the situation told Reuters....
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Tesla’s China president resigns after less than 9 months in post

7:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
Tesla Motors said its top manager in China is leaving the company after less than nine months in the position....
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Ford-Getrag JV names new COO

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Getrag Ford Transmissions, a joint venture between the U.S. automaker and the German supplier, has named Sue Slaughter as its chief operating officer. Getrag also appointed a new Asia boss....
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Mercedes needs China boost to regain global luxury sales lead, exec says

Dec. 10, 2014 15:29 CET
Mercedes needs to catch up with rivals BMW and Audi in China to meet its goal of becoming the global No. 1 in luxury car sales by 2020, Hubertus Troska, the carmaker's China chief, said....
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Honda planning worldwide recall for Takata airbags, Ito says

5:53 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Honda President Takanobu Ito said his company is planning to launch a worldwide investigative airbag recall, just days after extending a similar callback in the United States. Ito also expressed frustration with the response of Japanese airbag supplier Takata, but said Honda will offer support if Takata tips into financial difficulties....
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Toyota overhauls supply chain to aid r&d efforts

6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Toyota is overhauling its Toyota Group supplier network to better support its next generation product platform and develop advanced active safety technologies....
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JLR executives are seeing double -- and seeing red

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover executives got their first look at the Land Wind X7. last month at the Guangzhou Motor Show -- and they weren't amused....
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Carmakers hit the gas as China slows down

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Chinese bureaucrats are jittery, maybe even a bit panicky, about the country's slumping economy. But global carmakers sound as optimistic as ever as they place big bets on the world's biggest auto market....
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Ford tops 1 million in annual sales in China for 1st time

11:23 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
Ford today said it has sold more than 1 million vehicles in China for the first time in a calendar year. And it did so with a month left to go. The automaker said its China sales from January through November were 1,007,425 units, a 20 percent increase from the same period in 2013....
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Grupo Antolin, Dongfeng Visteon form China JV for interior parts

Dec. 5, 2014 06:01 CET
Spanish supplier Grupo Antolin is forming a joint venture with Dongfeng Visteon to produce interior components in China. The JV will supply components to Renault, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and other customers....
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Toyota widens airbag recalls to China, Japan

Dec. 4, 2014 13:07 CET
Toyota has widened a U.S. recall of its vehicles linked to defective airbags made by Takata to include some of the same models in China and Japan, after one of the devices ruptured in a car at a scrapyard in its home country....
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Toyota widens airbag recalls after Japan scrapyard rupture

6:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Toyota Motor widened a recall of its vehicles linked to defective airbags to include some of the same models in Japan and China, after one of the devices ruptured in a car at a scrapyard in its home country....
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Takata chief called to explain airbag crisis to Japan's industry ministry, report says

10:08 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Japan's powerful industry ministry has summoned Shigehisa Takada, chairman and CEO of Takata, to explain what the company is doing to resolve a crisis over potentially deadly airbags, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters....
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Bob Thomas, former U.S. boss of Nissan, dies at 69

7:09 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Bob Thomas, who led Nissan's United States sales operations in the 1990s before joining AutoNation and Edmunds, has died in Hawaii. Thomas died November 23 after a brief illness, according to friends and former colleagues. He was 69....
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Takata Mexico airbag plant inspection finds safety shortcomings

6:37 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Takata, the airbag supplier at the center of a recall crisis, was told by Mexico’s government to take 171 measures to improve health and safety at a plant tasked with making millions of replacement air bags....
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Airbag explosion in scrapyard has Japan weighing more recalls

6:12 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014
Japan’s investigation into dangerous airbags is leading to a remote scrapyard in the central Gifu prefecture, where the explosion of a car model not included in current recalls suggests automakers may have to yet again expand their safety campaigns....
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STEC, affiliate of China's SAIC, to open North American headquarters in Michigan

9:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Supplier STEC USA, an affiliate of China's SAIC Motor, will establish a new headquarters and a plant in an existing facility near Detroit that has been used mainly for sales and marketing....
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Dongfeng faces corruption probe from Chinese authorities

Dec. 1, 2014 14:05 CET
Chinese authorities are investigating state-owned automaker Dongfeng Motor for possible corruption. Dongfeng is a local partner of PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and earlier this year bought a 14 percent stake in the French automaker....
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Inside Takata, tantrums, but little sense of crisis over airbag recalls

10:17 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2014
Shigehisa Takada, the third-generation head of Takata, shows little sense of the crisis engulfing the Japanese airbag maker at the center of one of the auto industry's biggest safety recalls, say people who have met him recently....
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Fiat Chrysler deepens China partnership to help Jeep

Nov. 29, 2014 06:15 CET
Fiat Chrysler and Guangzhou Automobile will form a separate China venture to integrate sales and marketing for the Fiat, Chrysler and Jeep brands. The move will help pave the way for local Jeep production in China, according to Guangzhou....
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